William Hirt was appointed College Advisor in 2010. Mr. Hirt earned a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Minnesota. He spent a year as a Peace Corps member in Cameroon before earning an M.A. in Education from Columbia University. He joined the Professional Children's School History Dept. in 1989.
Graduates of Professional Children’s School go on to have illustrious careers in all walks of life-- as dancers, musicians and actors, but also as doctors, educators, entrepreneurs, journalists and lawyers. PCS is first and foremost an academic institution and it has been our priority over the years to help our upper school students and their parents with the college admissions process.
A PCS education prepares students for acceptance to the nation’s finest universities, colleges and conservatories. Increasingly, colleges look for the diversity of life experience exhibited by so many PCS students. Each year, some 30 colleges send admissions representatives to PCS to meet with interested PCS students. In 2012-2013, representatives from Barnard, Emory, Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern and Swarthmore were among those to visit PCS.
Most PCS students attend college immediately after graduation and the College Counseling Office helps students with every phase of the college selection and application process. Some students, who may already have busy professional careers, choose to postpone college until a later date. For these alumni, all of the resources of the College Counseling Office will be available when they choose to undertake the college admissions process.
The College Counseling Office offers counseling to our students on such topics as selecting the appropriate colleges and universities to which to apply, the pros and cons of college vs. conservatory, preparing for the various tests as part of the application process, and completing application forms and portfolios. Our College Counseling Office has up-to-date resources and information for our students, and their parents, to use year-round.